Stela Leuca has worked with the World Bank’s Digital Development Unit of the Transport and ICT Global Practice in Washington DC in various roles since June 2016. During this time, she has worked on conceptualizing a new EU-funded Trust Fund project to support broadband access in the Eastern Partnership countries, has reviewed and supported piloting of assessment frameworks; contributed to programs that existed or were under development in Europe and Eurasia in the field of digital government, digital economy, digital integration, and has conducted extended work on development of a Smart Nations Toolkit. Stela Leuca holds a Masters in Public Administration from the Maxwell School of Syracuse University, a Masters in Political Analysis, and a Bachelor’s in Economics. During her program at Maxwell, Stela has conducted research on Open Data in Moldova, Saudi Arabia and the US (capstone project) and has conducted extensive related work during her course on Managing Digital Innovations in Government. Stela has also worked with IFES in its Washington DC HQ on advancing democracy globally by streamlining planning, monitoring and reporting processes and procedures, institutional learning and sub-granting capacity building. Prior to pursuing her graduate education in the US, Stela has worked with USAID/Moldova for eight years on project development, management and evaluation in the field of governance, political development, elections and citizen participation. While with USAID, Stela was also member of the Democracy and Governance Global Training Team on Democracy Assessments, as part of which she conducted assessments and trained on assessment methodology.